July 8, 2014

NICK MCWHORTERJULY 7, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse is pleased to announce the promotion of its former director of custom projects, Nick McWhorter, to Vice President of Media Licensing!

Nick McWhorter is in his 10th year at Dark Horse. Having graduated with a business degree from University of Oregon, McWhorter got his start working his way up through the product sales division.  McWhorter was instrumental in facilitating and building industry wide support to kick off Dark Horse Comic’s licensed video game lines with BioWare’s Mass Effect.  To date, Nick McWhorter has inked publishing deals with such notable properties as EVE, Halo, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Plants vs. Zombies, as well as #1 Bestseller – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to help continue to build our licensed publishing lines and I look forward to our continued success as a leader in books based on entertainment licenses” said the newly appointed VP of media licensing, Nick McWhorter.

“Nick has helped to bring a new vision to our licensed publishing line” said Dark Horse president, Mike Richardson. “We have now published multiple successful series based on prominent video game brands, as well as a line of impressive art books. I am pleased to see Nick expand his role in Dark Horse’s overall licensing efforts into media of all kinds.”

“Nick’s hard work has continued to grow our already substantial footprint in the world of entertainment licensing” said Dark Horse executive vice president, Neil Hankerson. “He has helped Dark Horse achieve great success beyond traditional comics, with a growing line of art and lore books, as well as products based on popular video game properties. I am confident that his new role will only help to further solidify Dark Horse as the industry leader in licensed content.”

Please join us in congratulating Nick McWhorter on his past accomplishments, and wishing him luck in his new role in the company.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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